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Striving for a research-oriented university in 2020

 

After 20 years of establishment, the University of Danang (UD – Regional University) has confirmed its position, stature of a major regional university in the Central - Highland. “Looking back to move forward” was the content of the conversation between Assoc.Prof.Dr. Tran Van Nam – President of UD and reporter of Da Nang Police Paper(P.V) on the occasion of New Year 2015...

 

Assoc.Prof. Dr.Tran Van Nam-President of UD- at Honorary Doctorate Degree Conferment Ceremony by Yokohama National University


P.V: DearAssoc.Prof.Dr.Tran Van Nam! Looking back 20 years of establishment, what are the strengths and the biggest advantages that a Regional University has given to UD?

 

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Tran Van Nam: In my opinion, the position of a Regional University allows UD to get higher autonomy mechanism, condition for internal network planning, expansion of the training scale and enhancement to international cooperation with the leading universities in the world; facilitate the mobilization of resources, especially human resources and facilities, laboratories to carry out our goals for education, scientific research and technology transfer; be able to implement continuous training programs and interdisciplinary researches in order to solve the major problems in reality.

 

P.V: Do the accomplishmentsof UD after 20 years prove right direction of Regional University model in general, and UD in particular?

 

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Tran Van Nam: Regional University model is applied for Hue University, Thai Nguyen University and UD. After 20 years, these 03 Universities have made great progress and created momentum for regional development. These achievements are the result of a proper quality-oriented strategy based on innovation policy of the Party and the State...

In our part, after 20 years of establishment and development, UD has really become a center for training, scientific research and international cooperation of the Central and the country. Accordingly, from about 1,200 staff in 1994, now we have more than 2,300 faculty, management staff, and supporting staff (in which, the number of faculty holding graduate degrees is up to 85%). Scale training has also increased rapidly, from 25,000 students by 1994 to more than 75,000 students now.

Annually, UD is the destination of 3,500 postgraduate students in 32 majors and 170 PhD students of 17 majors. Previously, the cooperation of UD was primarily in Eastern Europe and France, it now has cooperation agreements with more than 170 universities of 45 countries and territories on all continents. UD has cooperated with universities and research institutes around the world to provide more learning opportunities and advanced scientific knowledge to the local residents; revenue of technology transfer and manufacturing contract is approximately 30 billion/year, including many works serving for the economic development of the Central Highlands and West South ... UD is growing strongly to become a research-oriented university and be listed in the top 100 universities in Asia....

 

P.V: DearSir., what do you think about the flow of opposite opinion that the establishment of the Regional University model has hindered the development of the member institutions, required the administrative apparatus unnecessarily etc. .?

 

Assoc.Prof.Dr Tran Van Nam:  I think thatthe biggest drawback is the loose collaboration between the Regional Universities and the provinces in the region. We have institution of Regional University but no respective government and administrative units at regional level that hinders the taking of maximum advantage of the Regional University.

Countries such asGermany, France, Canada ... have their own government at regional level in addition to the provincial and city government that lead to proportional relationship between the university and the government. The comments that the birth of Regional University slows progress of member institutions are incorrect. The member institutions have their own complete autonomy in training, research and collaboration with partners. Each of the members has its own field of training, research and the role of Regional University offices is to support and share resources to members when needed and make power and prestige for the members to run and establish international cooperation, especially cooperation in project.

Theuniversities in the world are running in such model of synthetic university. Achievements of UD over 20 years as mentioned above have demonstrated this point of view. Management apparatus is also divided into two levels, the member institution level and the Regional University level. At each level, they have different tasks and powers and support each other to complete assigned tasks.

 

UD’s students participated in Green Sunday movement

 

P.V: What is the development orientation of UD in the next time in order to deserve the major Regional University in the Central Highlands?

 

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Tran Van Nam: Being the major Regional University with critical role in training human resources of science and technology to serve the social - economic development of Central Highlands in particular and the country in general, UD set a goal to become research-oriented university by 2020 in its strategic orientation. UD remains scale of formal undergraduate training while improving the quality of undergraduate education, expands scale of graduate training level in associated with scientific research expansion and quality accreditation of training programs at national and international standards.

We initially implement trainingstratification in the quintessence direction, universalization and ramification of graduate training in the orientation of research and professional; gradually execute joint training programs with prestigious universities in the world. To ensure the training activities, in the next 5 years, UD continues to recruit new faculty with doctoral and master's degree to replace older and retired staff on the one hand and otherwise to ensure proportion of lecturer per regular students of 1/20 by 2020; continue to effectuate the policy of sending young staff abroad for postgraduate training to improve the quality of teaching staff.

UD continues to execute the policy of teaching-research team development (TRT) in all the member institutions. Members should choose suitable majors to develop with a view to build and put into operation the TRT in 2015 at the latest. These TRT will be invested in both facilities and staff capacity to be nuclear for development in the field of scientific research at the member institutions. UD will facilitate the advanced and high quality training programs for the majors of TRT.

Accordingly, scientific research will be mandatory for teaching staff. In an attempt to satisfy the criteria of facilities for training as required by quality training accreditation systems, UD continue to build new facilities in the UD’s Village. Besides, UD keeps upgrading the existing facilities of member institutions: University of Science and Technology, University of Economics, University of Education, College of Technology, UD’s branch in Kon Tum. The functional departments should prepare procedures and construction funding for projects of developing VN-UK Institute for Research and Executive Education and Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy toward VN-UK International University and University of Medicine and Pharmacy respectively in next term under Regional University – the University of Danang.

 

P.V: By the way you mentioned to UD’s village, I would like to ask a“serious” question about the process of implementing this project. What is your view on working plan between Danang city’s leaders and Quang Nam province’s leaders on agreement to submit the Government for repeal of UD’s Village project because of its suspended planning for too long that influenced social security of the two provinces?

 

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Tran Van Nam: According to my personal opinion, the University’s Village project is a good idea that is in accordance with international practice. Currently, we do not have enough resources to deploy, but if the project is canceled, the building of a University’s Village at international stature will be very difficult later. In sustainable development, long-term planning with vision in 30-50 years for education is very essential. We look forward to careful consideration of the Party, Central Government and Local Governments before making the final decision.

 

P.V: Thank youvery much! On the occasion of New Year 2015, wishing you and UD’s management staff, faculty and supporting staff more new achievements.

 

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